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West Philadelphia Teach-In Part 1: Community Perspectives and Priorities on Environmental Health and Justice in West Philadelphia

Tuesday September 22, 2020 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Virtual Event
Netter Center Teachin

The Netter Center is organizing two Teach-Ins on West Philadelphia environmental and climate health, social justice, and the intersection of these issues. In these teach-ins, community leaders will share their perspectives on current challenges, priorities and hopes for the future.  Panelists will discuss opportunities for Penn partnerships and practical ways to engage in democratic, collaborative problem-solving that advances community health and resiliency in the face of climate change.

In “West Philadelphia Teach-In Part 1: Community Perspectives and Priorities on Environmental Health and Justice in West Philadelphia,” panelists will respond to audience questions after briefly discussing the following questions:

  • What do you see happening locally in relation to health, environment, and climate? What is concerning you?
  • From your perspective, what are the environmental health and justice priorities of your community, right now? How do you see this shifting over the next ten years? 
  • What have been some local environmental health successes and challenges?
  • What roles do you see for the following entities in local environmental health, particularly over the next decade as we face the climate emergency: higher education, schools, healthcare, community spaces and organizations. 
  • What other entities need to be involved? What collaborations with those entities would you like to see?  
  • What does “sustainability” mean to you

Join us for Part Two on Wednesday, September 23rd from 4:00-5:30pm EDT to hear from local environmental health, climate action, and environmental justice program leaders in West Philadelphia.

Speakers

Darin Toliver

Darin Toliver

Acting Commissioner; Associate Director Mayor’s Commission of African American Males (MCAAM); African American Resource Center at the University of Pennsylvania

Darin Toliver, MSW, has over 20 years professional experience in social work, in the areas of childhood development, mental health, and education. Darin holds a B.A in Political Science from Temple University and a MSW from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Work (’02). Darin serves as the chairperson for the Men of Color and is a co-chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium.  As a lifelong community advocate, Darin is an acting Commissioner on the Mayor’s Commission of African American Males (MCAAM), a position appointed by former Mayor Michael Nutter and current Mayor James Kenny. Darin is currently a PhD candidate, working on his PhD in Social Work Education at Widener University, with a particular interest in evidenced-based research and strategies that will decrease gun violence. Currently a member of the National Association of Social Workers, he was selected by the social impact organization Generocity as one of 12 people of color strengthening the social impact sector in Philadelphia. 

Pastor Nock

Paster Joe E. Nock

Senior Pastor of Second Antioch Baptist Church in West Philadelphia Vice-Chair of the Netter Center’s Community Advisory Board at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Joe E. Nock was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was educated in the Philadelphia school system and graduated from Overbrook High School with honors in 1985. In 1989, Pastor Nock earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science/Pre-Law from Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia. He received a Certificate of Paralegal Studies from Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training in 1990. Pastor Nock earned his Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 1998. Pastor Nock earned his Doctor of Ministry in Contextual Leadership at Palmer Seminary in May 2019.

Pastor Nock serves as Vice-Chair of the Netter Center’s Community Advisory Board at the University of Pennsylvania. He also sits on the Community Advisory Board of the Please Touch Museum and is the President of the 16 th District Police Chaplains. He also served on the Board of Trustees for Phil-Mont Christian Academy from 2009 to 2019 and is the President of the School Advisory Council for Motivation High School. Pastor Nock has over 25 years of experience in ministry as a preacher, teacher, counselor, conference speaker and mentor. On September 8, 2001, Pastor Nock accepted the call to become the Senior Pastor of Second Antioch Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. An area in which he grew up and now serves as the undershepherd of a Spirit led and Word-based ministry.

Katera Moore

Dr. Katera Moore

Director of the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative Netter Center for Community Partnerships

at the University of Pennsylvania's Netter Center for Community Partnerships

 

Katera Moore is the Director of the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania's Netter Center for Community Partnerships and an Associate Fellow with the Center for Public Health Initiatives. She is an urban geographer who thinks critically about the political and economic structures that create inequality, and considers food justice and health disparities to be an outcome of residential segregation. She is passionate about place-based education and is an experienced K-16 educator. Katera received both her BA in Urban Studies and her Masters of Environmental Studies from The University of Pennsylvania. Using a National Science Foundation fellowship, she earned her Ph.D. in Earth & Environmental Science and certificate in Africana Studies at The Graduate Center in New York. She also has a certificate in Institutional Research & Assessment for Higher Education Decision Making.

Malik Gadsden

Malik Gadsden

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Coach Benjamin B. Comegys School
Kaiyah Taylor

Kaiyah Taylor

Sophomore GettysburgCollege and Graduate of Mastery Charter School - Shoemaker Campus

Moderator

Laura Naden

Laura Naden

Administrative Support Coordinator Netter Center for Community Partnerships